RAYMOND A. HENINGER, known as “Tony” to close friends – Born March 22, 1941 in South Bend, IN – USA (age 77) Passed away a few weeks ago at home – after years of sickness, even dying once in 2005 and a number of surgeries, passed quietly with his long time (27 year) devoted, beloved friend, companion and domestic partner, Patricia Williamson beside him, holding his hand – caring and praying with him as she promised – faithfully until the very end. We thank Hospice for their help – they were faithful to come weekly to check on Tony- we thank friends who visited regularly Herb, Ted, Mark & Susie, and to those faithful friends that came around when they could and/or called frequently; Vernon, Clark, Frank, the TURNER FAMILY & Matt, and those from the Island, Joe, Marse, Erick & Billy (long time childhood friends); others that came prior to his demise to see him off; Ben & Ted. Tony gives thanks to his ½ brother Wes for reuniting Tony with his father, Raymond E. Heninger (prior to Raymond E’s death) who had not seen Tony since he was 8 years old. (this portion was written by Tony prior to death).
Preceded in death, Tony’s mother, Kathleen Redford; step-father, Bill Redford; Father Raymond E. Heninger.
Tony was an only child – who grew up on Catalina Island – like most kids, he enjoyed daydreaming of being on the beach making money while starring out the window during school – UNLIKE most kids he got to do that very thing! Right after school – daily! Dove for quarters thrown by tourist in the ocean when the (BIG) tour boat would dock, (late 1940’s & 1950’s) worked as a boat launcher, met a lot of movie stars, he flew in the Catalina Water Plane, also worked on the Blanch W shining lights at night so the tourist could observe the “Flying Fish”. Well, Tony had to grow up – went on with another life – only to make the mistakes as most young men have made in their past – then went and did a great thing! Joined the Army – became a Senior Medic during the Vietnam Era – earned the Good Conduct Medal – he returned to the Island. Working with his step-father who ran the only paint shop on the island, which is now the same building as Coyote Joe’s – upon moving to the “main-land” he worked as a fence builder – then worked part time-odd jobs and lived on his GI funds for support while attending Fullerton College – upon receiving his degree he then worked for the California Corrections Department until retirement. When his whole life took a number of turns.
While working security he met a lifetime beloved friend, Patricia Williamson, who also worked in Law Enforcement – and at a number of Police Departments-they both decided to have Pat come and live closer, for Tony was very ill, Pat gave up her career, traveled with Tony for a year before they both decided on settling close to Lake Havasu for that was Tony’s second love of water- in LAKE HAVASU CITY, 2003.
Tony and Pat published a book called “Without Honor” -Tony, worked Security part-time on weekends at Havasu Springs Resort and then New West Dental Ceramics, until he could no longer work.
All Funeral arrangements are being handled by “Desert Lawn” located in Mohave Valley – IN LIEU OF ANY FLOWERS – (per the Mortuary-flowers will be disposed of) To Honor this great man, we’re requesting your help in getting Tony who served in the Army buried in the “Garden of Honor” section of the Mortuary – to do that: donations are needed – a special account has been set up at National Bank of Arizona. Under, Patricia Williamson for Raymond Heninger’s burial fund or you can contact the Mortuary directly any and every amount is appreciated.
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